Ceiling decoration in a Bangkok condominium with a lightweight composite core, designed by DiabTaiwan

Argosy International Inc., a supplier of advanced composites and related materials to the Asia Pacific aerospace industry, has opened a new 2,000 square-meter manufacturing facility in Taichung City. Qualified to AS9100, it includes a clean room, cutting table, and freezer to process cut-to-shape composite kits. The facility will allow Argosy to provide composite aerospace manufacturers in the Asia Pacific region with composite kitted solutions.

 

Thailand

Lightweight core composites from Diab have been used to create an eye-catching entrance for the lobby of the 35-floor EDGE Sukhumvit 23 condominium in the heart of Bangkok. The Divinycell core was chosen to provide freedom of form with superior strength, while being quick and easy to process.

The Triumph Group has been selected by Harbin Hafei Airbus Composite Manufacturing Centre Company (HHACMC) to supply composite parts for the Airbus A350 XWB aircraft. Triumph Precision Components’ Composites Center of Excellence in Thailand will produce the composite details for the rudder, which will be assembled at HHACMC in Harbin, China. The contract covers the delivery of 700 shipsets of rudder component kits over the next 5-7 years for the A350 XWB program. Triumph recently invested in its Thailand facility to increase capability and expand capacity. This agreement allows Triumph to help meet the strong demand for services in Asia-Pacific, which is expected to lead the market for new aircraft over the next 20 years.

 

China

The UNNC-ACC Joint Laboratory in Sustainable Composite Materials was recently unveiled. This is a joint enterprise between the University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) and ACC Tech. It will focus on research into the manufacturing technology of composite materials, recycling of carbon fiber composite materials, the application of thermoplastic composite materials in aircraft, and fire-prevention technology in aerospace composites.

 

Haydale Graphene Industries plc, the UK-based global nanomaterials group, has set up its first Asian Graphene Research Centre in the Thailand Science Park in Pathum Thani, focusing on conducting translational research to serve industries in the region. This will include incorporating graphene and other Haydale offerings into next generation vehicles.

 

Chinese company Shanghai Cedar Composites Technology has revealed a carbon fiber truck container which they claim offers reduced weight and therefore less fuel consumption, increased volume, extended life span, easier recycling and improved aesthetics. Currently being road tested, the container is made from plain carbon fabric, multi-axial carbon fabric and foam. Payback of the carbon fiber container cost is estimated at four years.

 

The ARCH Industrial (HK) Company, whose main activities are R&D and production of polymer foam and composite materials, has launched its official company website (www.archcell.net/english/). It covers Product and Service, Structure Design, Processing, and Application. ARCH Industrial is headquartered in Hong Kong with branches in Shanghai, Hunan and Jiangsu in China.

China’s first high-speed ferry made of carbon fiber has been put into service between the Guangzhou Panyu Lianhuashan passenger port and Hongkong City Pier in Southern China. The “Jin Zhu Hu” is a 40-meter carbon fiber catamaran produced by Norwegian company Brødrene Aa, an international specialist in the construction of high-speed ferries made from carbon composite. The ferry weighs 30% less than a comparable vessel made of aluminium alloy, and reduces fuel consumption by 40%.

 

India

Kaman Aerospace Group, a subsidiary of Kaman Corporation, has increased its stake in the Indian manufacturing joint venture Kineco Kaman Composites India. The Goa based JV manufactures advanced composite structures for aerospace, imaging/medical, and other industries for customers including BAE Systems, Hindustan Aeronautics, and Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre. It employs more than 150 people, and produces complex composite structures utilizing the latest carbon material and autoclave curing technology.

 

Australia

Burdens Australia, a specialist in the supply and installation of Geosynthetic Cementitious Composite Mats (“Concrete in a Roll”) has signed a long-term exclusive distributor agreement with Cortex Composites Australia for the Australasian market. The agreement strengthens Burdens’ product offering in the soil stabilization, ditch lining and petrochemical bund lining sector to which it has been supplying this type of product for the past eight years. Cortex is a thin cement-embedded composite, supplied in rolls. Fabric-like until hydrated, it then hardens into a durable concrete layer which offers a comparable performance to poured concrete at a reduced cost.

 

Written by Denzil Walton

Denzil Walton is a technical copywriter, editor and conference reporter. He has over 30 years’ experience writing on a variety of industrial and high-tech topics.

 

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